Would life be different as a left-hander?

OPINION: I should have been a lefty.

My dad is left-handed and when I was a toddler, I did everything with my left hand.

My dear mum, thinking life would be a lot easier for me if I was right-handed, put the crayons in my other hand.

Later, an eye doctor revealed that my brain was a little bit confused because your eye sight is strongest in your dominant side - and my eye sight was now a bit skewed because of my wrongful right-handedness.

There are some things I still do left-handed, such driving.

But, in a world built for right hands, I've never had to battle through the real difficulties of living life on the left.

As Tuesday was International Left Handers Day, I have stopped to contemplate what might have been.

I could have been a member of a pretty exclusive club - only 10% of the population is left-handed.

I could have gone through life with frustration that the mouse is persistently set up on the wrong side of the computer and people always set the dinner table to cater for right-handed people instead of left.

I could have smudged every notebook I have ever filled because of the woe of being left-handed and had the edge over my right-handed brother in our games of backyard cricket.

Instead, I remain on the outside of a club that has such marvellous members as Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Sylvester Stallone, Eminem and Justin Bieber.

So would my life have been different as a lefty?

I wonder. I really do.



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